Environment roundup

  • “San Francisco Bans Straws, Cocktail Swords” [Christian Britschgi; more (funny memes proliferate)]
  • Sharper distinction between legal treatment of “threatened” and “endangered” species would help species recovery efforts and line up with Congress’s intent [Jonathan Wood, PERC Reports]
  • “It’s really interesting to me that the conversation around vegetarianism and the environment is so strongly centered on an assumption that every place in the world is on the limited land/surplus water plan.” [Sarah Taber Twitter thread]
  • New podcast from Cato’s Libertarianism.org on eminent domain and civil forfeiture, with Tess Terrible and Trevor Burrus. More/background at Cato Daily Podcast;
  • “OMG cellphone cancer coverup” piece in Guardian’s Observer “strewn with rudimentary errors and dubious inferences” [David Robert Grimes; David Gorski, Science-Based Medicine corrects piece by same authors, Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie, that ran in The Nation]
  • Oh, that pro bono: despite talk of donated time, trial lawyers stand to gain 20% of proceeds should Boulder climate suit reach payday [John O’Brien, Legal NewsLine, earlier]


  • on straws: the drive to ban things that might end up in the ocean or somewhere is a drive to ban life. First plastic bags, now straws, and they would like to ban cars. Things that make life convenient. These people would like to ban all the things because they disapprove of consumption and prosperity. Plastic bags for example do not harm any wildlife.

  • Nobody mentions the outbreaks of illness that have been attributed to reusable grocery bags.

  • If you think about it, the law only bans straws in retail places where food is consumed on the premises. People who use straws there don’t take their straws with them. It’s the take out places, which are exempt, that cause the litter problem.

  • Part of the problem with food containers is that they are made of styrofoam. Not that styrofoam is a problem by itself but that there is no recycling for it. Years ago, I went to a conference in Canada and we were told not to put our styrofoam lunch boxes in the trash but in a separate recycling bin. They have invested in ways to recycle it. If you want to cut down on plastic waste find more ways to recycle it. These environmental groups need to put up some money where their mouths are.

  • We need some national attention to an unspeakably tyrannical and intrusive “zoning” code just enacted by Spokane.

    You can see some questions by citizens and the monstrously arrogant answers from the monstrous government here: